Feedback from mental health community opportunities review

Posted on 18th May, 2015

Mental health community opportunities contracts are due for renewal and to allow us to build on the current service provision and develop them further we have been carrying out a review. A new report, available here, describes the findings of the review.  Five workshops were held across Devon and a survey was made available by Healthwatch Devon to enable us to gather a range of views.  Thank you to everyone who attended the workshops, completed the survey or contacted us in some other way to provide feedback. Over 200 people contributed their views. The report shows the broad themes which emerged from the feedback:

  • Keep services as they are
  • Physical accessibility of services
  • Accessing services
  • Availability of services
  • Peer support is welcomed if ‘properly’ provided
  • Creative and social activities are appreciated
  • Current mental health services are too complicated
  • There is a need for courses for people to help them better learn to help themselves
  • Making more use of technology - online services
  • The need for a safe space
  • Carers need support
  • Linking up with other community provision needs to be considered
  • Crisis work. 
People are invited to continue to provide their comments up until the final draft service specifications for mental health community opportunities are agreed, which is planned for mid-July 2015. Please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on freephone 0800 073 0741 or email to leave your feedback.